Abstract: Series 115, Lecture 5

The Harvey Lectures Series 115 (2019—2020)

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Lecture #5: To Be Determined — Time and Location

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Making up your mind: the generation of interneuron diversity and their integration into cortical circuits

Gordon Fishell, PhD

Gordon Fishell, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr Fishell's Website

Gordon Fishell is a developmental neurobiologist interested in how the architecture of brain circuits are assembled, with a special focus on the diverse populations of inhibitory interneurons that are found in both pallial and sub-pallial telencephalon. His laboratory identified that the origins of these cells are generated from two specialized embryonic structures of the sub-pallium, the medial and caudal ganglionic eminences (MGE and CGE, accordingly). His laboratory was central in identifying signals involved in the specification and selective synaptogenesis of specific interneuron subtypes. The laboratory’s current focus is on explaining how a common set of interneurons can integrate into a wide variety of brain structures with distinctly different organizations and functions.

He is currently a professor in the department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and the Stanley center at the Broad. He was previously the associate director of the New York University (NYU) Neuroscience Institute, Julius Raines Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU, and director of the graduate program in neuroscience and physiology at the NYU School of Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Toronto and conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the Rockefeller University.